Polina Bodner Shapiro, Esq.

Polina Bodner Shapiro, ESQ. russian lawyer.Born in the former Soviet Union, Attorney Shapiro grew up in New England after her family immigrated to the United States in 1994. As a new immigrant, she had to overcome a language barrier, vast cultural differences and financial hardship. This experience helped Attorney Shapiro develop personal qualities like persistence, adaptability and highly effective communication skills, paving the way for a successful legal career.

Attorney Shapiro graduated from Suffolk University Law School with honors (magna cum laude) in 2004, in the top 3 percent of her class. While in law school, she received numerous academic achievement awards and served as an editor on the Suffolk Law Review, the quarterly legal periodical.

Following graduation, Attorney Shapiro worked for four years as an associate attorney at the Boston office of Ropes & Gray, LLP, one of the largest and most respected firms in the United States. At the firm, Attorney Shapiro was involved in all aspects of the civil litigation practice.

Additionally, Attorney Shapiro had the honor of serving as a Judicial Clerk to Judge Gary Katzmann at the Massachusetts Appeals Court. There, she researched and drafted judicial opinions on a variety of complex criminal and civil issues.

Attorney Shapiro's work experience and immigrant beginnings informed her decision to open her own firm. Her objective was democratizing access to high quality legal representation and providing a cost-effective alternative to larger law firms that are prevalent in the current legal market. Today, Attorney Shapiro offers a comprehensive portfolio of legal services to a broad spectrum of clients in and around Hartford, Connecticut and Springfield, Massachusetts. Attorney Shapiro is also associated with the Public Defender offices in both Connecticut and Massachusetts and the local probate courts in Connecticut, where from time to time she is called upon to represent economically disadvantaged individuals in criminal and probate proceedings.

Attorney Shapiro resides in Simsbury, Connecticut, with her husband and two children. In her spare time, she enjoys the regional arts and entertainment scene, movies, reading, cooking and nature hikes. Attorney Shapiro speaks Russian fluently.

 

Education:

Suffolk University Law School, Boston, MA
Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, 2004

Springfield College, Springfield, MA
Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude, 2000

 

Bar Admissions:

Massachusetts
Connecticut
U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit*

 

Professional Memberships:

Connecticut Bar Association
Massachusetts Bar Association

 

Community Involvement:

Vice-President, Member of the Board of Directors of non-profit organization
"Multicultural Resource Center of Massachusetts, Inc."

Volunteer, Greater Hartford Jewish Community Center.

* U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has jurisdiction over cases arising in Connecticut, New York and Vermont.

 

Addresses

Main Office
645 Farmington Avenue, 3rd Floor
Hartford, CT 06105
Phone: (860) 216-3796
Fax:     (860) 206-0031

Satellite Office, by appointment only.
425 Union Street
Executive Offices
West Springfield, MA 01089
Phone: (413) 285-3025



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